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Star anise: benefits, infusion and contraindications

Although it is customary to confuse them, we must differentiate star anise from green anise, since both belong to different botanical famil...

Although it is customary to confuse them, we must differentiate star anise from green anise, since both belong to different botanical families, although they contain the same active principle and in short, its different benefits and medicinal properties are usually quite similar.

It is true that, in recent years, certain negative information has been published on the contraindications and disadvantages in the consumption of star anise. And we are faced with evidence, since its consumption is not recommended at all in pregnant women, during breastfeeding and in young children.

Star anise: benefits, infusion and contraindications

It is scientifically known as Illicium verum and although it is also known as star anise , the plant itself has been called badian, badianero or badiana of China.

Benefits of Star Anise

One of the most popular and well-known benefits of star anise is its digestive and stomach virtues, as it acts as:

  • Carminative: ie helps reduce gas or flatulence.
  • Stomach: it is a good digestive, helping in case of heavy or difficult digestion.

In addition, it is a stimulant and diuretic plant, which means that it helps to reduce the retention of fluids, helping in turn to eliminate toxins and accumulated liquid.

Although once known to relieve colic in babies, we advise first to consult the pediatrician about its use in this sense, precisely because of its toxicity.

Star anise: benefits, infusion and contraindications

How to make infusion of star anise for gases

It is one of the most well-known digestive plants along with the green anise and chamomile , thanks mainly to its different medicinal benefits when it comes to relieving heavy digestionsand gases.

However, although traditionally and commonly used as a relief to cramps of the baby, given their contraindications and side effects, it is not advised to use them by children under 2 years.

With regard to its most important qualities and benefits, it stands out above all for its digestive and stomach virtues, acting as carminative (ideal for reducing gas or flatulence)and as a stomach (good digestive, useful in case of heavy or difficult digestions). It is also a diuretic and stimulant plant, so it helps when purifying our body, eliminating toxins and avoiding the retention of liquids.

A natural and useful option when enjoying its different medicinal benefits is to make a wonderful infusion of star anise (not to be confused with the infusion of anise, which is made with the green anise variety).

Ingredients of star anise infusion for gases:

  • 2 teaspoons of star anise
  • 1 cup of water

Preparing the infusion of star anise for gases:

  1. Boil the equivalent of a cup of water in a saucepan.
  2. When the water boils, add the star anise and boil for 3 minutes.
  3. After this time, turn off the saucepan, cover and let stand for another 2 minutes.
  4. Finally, she drinks and drinks.

This infusion is ideal for the gases, being advised its consumption mainly after the meals.

Star anise: benefits, infusion and contraindications

And how to make star anise infusion for colon inflammation?

This time we want to look at its virtues to reduce inflammation of the colon , known medically as colitis and can cause severe abdominal pain, gas accumulation, diarrhea, nausea and a feeling of lack of appetite. We explain how to make the infusion of star anise specially designed for this disorder.

Infusion ingredients:

  • 2 stars aniseed
  • The crust of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 liter of water

Preparation of infusion of star anise:

  1. Boil a half liter of water in a saucepan.
  2. When it begins to boil, turn off the heat, remove and add the star anise.
  3. Cover and let stand for 15 minutes.
  4. 5 minutes before the end of the rest time add the lemon rind.
  5. Filtrate or strain and store in a glass bottle in the refrigerator.

You can drink one cup of this infusion after meals, not exceeding 3 cups dailyand only for a week.

Star anise: benefits, infusion and contraindications

And what about essential star anise oil?

There is no doubt that if there is an aroma that is certainly common both in the cuisine itself and in the traditional medicine worldwide that stands out and is more characteristic, that is star anise .

It is a plant commonly used for more than 1,000 years in traditional Chinese medicine, mainly due to the different properties it contains.

Among them, it stands out for example its use as a stimulant of the digestive system, while also interesting its application for various respiratory diseases.

For this reason, the essential oil of star anise is often used , which we will talk about later.

  • Extraction : The essential oil of star anise is mainly obtained by steam distillation of its fruits.
  • Characteristics : It is characterized by being a yellow liquid, with sweet and spicy aroma.
  • Health effects : Carminative, antiseptic, stimulant and expectorant.
  • Aromatherapy and properties : Among the properties and benefits of the essential oil of anise , we find that: ideal in cases of cough and bronchitis, it is useful in cases of colds, useful as a stimulant of the digestive system. In addition, it is interesting to apply in cases of flatulence, heavy digestion, cramps and spasms.

Star anise: benefits, infusion and contraindications

Contraindications of star anise

The consumption of pure essential oil of star anise is not advised. In addition, it is not recommended in case of:

  • Children under 2 years.
  • Pregnancy.
  • Breastfeeding.
  • Hyperestrogenism.

Side Effects of Star Anise

In adequate quantities the consumption of star anise does not pose a health risk, unless it is consumed by people allergic to the plant or any of its components or active ingredients.

In long periods of consumption or in large quantities, it can cause:

  • Muscle spasms.
  • Drowsiness.
  • Mental confusion.

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